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Left Eye

Dreamed 1938 by Anonymous #9 as reported by J.B. Priestley


In 1963, writer J.B. Priestley put out a request on a BBC show for examples of strange experiences with time, whether waking or dreaming. Over a thousand responses came: predictive dreams and visions of varying clarity, accuracy and credibility. The following year he published many examples (though withholding most dreamers' names for privacy reasons) in his book Man and Time. This is one of the thousand.

--Chris Wayan


Without any preliminaries, the dream-nightmare began with an explosion, and then he "was aware of a stabbing pain" in his left thigh, right fore-arm, and left temple and eye. He goes on: "I was able to see myself in the dream and in the instant before I awoke I saw the blood as it left my wounds. I awoke, rubbing my left eye."


On May 29, 1940, fighting in the rearguard action of Dunkirk, he was wounded by a grenade thrown into a small country inn. He was wounded in the left thigh, right fore-arm, and, by a splinter, in the region of the left eye, which filled with blood. He went to a mirror to test the sight of this eye, wiping it with a handkerchief while he closed the right eye.

As he looked he "experienced a strange feeling of frightened calm because the image I saw, I had seen that night in 1938 in my own bedroom."


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